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Ada Icon owner stepping down as director of Bluffton chamber

After eight years as director of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, Fred Steiner, owner of the Ada Icon, is stepping down and that position is now open, according to Phil Zimmerly, Bluffton chamber board president.

Steiner said that while he enjoys his involvement with the chamber, the Ada and Bluffton Icons, two online websites he owns, continued to grow and take more of his time.

The Bluffton chamber launched several new programs in the past eight years. It spearheaded a new Christmas downtown garland project now used by 45 businesses.

She likes tea, so she made her own tea strainers

Alexandra Boyadzhiev, Ada High School senior, like to drink tea.

So, in art class, she decided to create her on tea strainers. She says that she got the idea from tea strainers she saw in the Ten Thousand Villages shop in Bluffton. Here's a view of three of the strainer as a work in progress.

The photo below show Alexandra working on one of the strainers.


Jim Boedicker in Viva Maria on Jan. 9

Jim Boedicker, local guitarist and vocalist, performs at Viva Maria Pizza and Pasta on Saturday night. He is on the restaurant's entertainment schedule on a regular basis.

He will next perform at Viva Maria's from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. Jim has been playing the guitar for 50 years. He and Mike Wright teamed together to entertain many times in Ada and the surrounding area. Gospel is their forte.

Viva diners enjoy his mellow voice and soft strumming of familiar songs while they dine. (Monty Siekerman photo)

"Guideposts" features NYC transplants Amy and Mark's move to Ada

By Monty Siekerman
When you move from the hustle and bustle of New York City to living in small town Ada, that's a story.

And Amy Eddings, who did just that with her husband, Mark Hilan, described the adventure of their move in the December issue of "Guideposts" magazine.
"Guideposts" has a readership of 5 million.

"The magazine connects with readers through true stories of hope, inspiration, and personal triumph.

The 5-page article tells why they moved from The Big Apple to 508 N. Main. In the story, the home is described as "gorgeous pistachio-colored century-old Queen Anne Victorian."

Keith Everhart is one happy guy this Christmas's why

They make movies out of plots lke this.

Hardin County Sheriff and Ada native Keith Everhart is one happy guy this Christmas season.

On the sheriff’s office Facebook page is a story about an anonymous donor who gave more than $3,000 to the sheriff’s office.

The purpose: To distribute cash in $100 bills to persons in the community who were deserving and in need of financial help for the holidays.

And so, sheriff deputies went to work. After meeting with his staff, deputies compiled a list persons who deserved some of the cash.

Ada Kiwanis, Ada Rotary and Lima Kiwanis meet in Ada

Ada Kiwanis held a recent meeting with guides, Ada Rotarians and Lima Kiwanians.

The club annual auction was held with over 50 Christmas-related items awarded to successful bidders.

In keeping with the club’s annual tradition, two area families and two young ladies will be provided assistance with the club’s annual Christmas Benevolence program.

Thirty-one books, ordered by Ada Librarian and club member Amanda Bennett, were distributed to students at Ready-Set-Grow on Dec 17.

Ada Kiwanis meetings resume on Tuesday Jan. 5.